Thursday, February 22, 2024

President Hichilema Embarks on State Visit to China to Strengthen Economic Ties

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In a bid to further enhance economic diplomacy and deepen cooperation, President Hakainde Hichilema has embarked on a state visit to the People’s Republic of China. This visit comes at the invitation of His Excellency Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China.

Accompanied by the First Lady, Mutinta Hichilema, President Hichilema’s delegation has a comprehensive agenda, focusing on fostering collaboration between the Zambian government and the People’s Republic of China in various sectors such as energy, infrastructure, mining, and manufacturing, among others.

This state visit aims to facilitate interaction with key players in the Chinese economy and lay the foundation for cooperation and partnership in different areas. Of particular interest is the energy sector, where China is renowned for its technological advancements in the production of equipment for green energy sources like solar and wind power. The delegation seeks to explore opportunities in green energy and potentially transition towards electric vehicles, considering the global shift towards sustainability.

State House Chief Communications Specialist, Clayson Hamasaka, highlighted China’s significant role in the manufacturing of electric vehicles and emphasized the need for Zambia to accelerate infrastructure development, including charging points for electric vehicles, to support such innovations. Additionally, he underscored the potential for Zambia to leverage its mineral resources, which are vital components in electric batteries, to boost the local and regional markets.

Mr. Hamasaka also emphasized China’s expertise in agricultural mechanization, offering various levels of equipment suitable for different farming operations. Zambia, known for its agricultural potential, stands to benefit from adopting Chinese agricultural technologies and machinery.

Furthermore, the state visit provides an excellent opportunity to explore trade in various food commodities, with China’s substantial population making it an attractive market for Zambian products such as beef, soya beans, and wheat.

In his capacity as Zambia’s Chief Marketing Officer, President Hichilema aims to position Zambia as an attractive investment destination and explore avenues for economic growth and development through collaboration with the business community in China.

39 COMMENTS

  1. As far as state visits are concerned, this is a marathon. 6 days in one country is no joke and is leaving Fred M’membe green with envy.

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    • On the contrary Mmembe has won. Your messiah was totally against any ties with China. But after seeing that the Chinese were a better devil he has caved in.
      By the way why have forgotten how you demonized the Chinese? What has made you change your mind about them? Is it a question of a fly following the corpse into the grave.

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    • The tribalist Mmembe lost. President Hakainde went to China when it was time to go to China. He had to deal with the West first, which holds $25 billion of the unpayable $31 billion debt that your fellow tribalist and corrupt PF borrowed and then looted.

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    • Mmembe ,Kalaba , Kambwili, Kateka and other briefcase opposition leaders must be feeling embarrassed. They lied to the Zambians that HH needed to visit China first in order negotiate the debt deal.
      Sadly for them , the debt restructuring deal was clinched without HH travelling to China.
      LEVELS

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    • 1. Mmembe was right, any reasonable right thinking person knows it, including many wise people in UPND. Unless if a person is just hateful, which only does harm to the hater. It was *unwise for HH to sideline China. The West is afraid of China’s global power and influence. The USA is looking for an African president who can galvanise the anti-China in Africa. They tried with Kigame & Mbeki and failed Just like Mandela told them off in his USA Joint Session Congress Speech in washington. “That dont tell us who should be our friends and do business” Then they found HH and sent in ex British PM, Tony Blair to talk him down about China. Plus, USA Senators led by narcissistic Senator Lindsey Graham to talk HH down.

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    • 2. However, HH has realised & made a superb-gesture, taking this trip, to remain neutral, else Zambia gets disadvantaged to the biggest single global market. HH must be commended. This China trip is what the USA is not happy with, if you read comments from USA State Dept on Bloomberg Terminal Screen Monitors

      As for Trade Opportunities access to *Western markets can lead to increased exports, while engagement with *China offers access to a vast Consumer Market and Supply Chains. Amen!

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    • 3. Truth is; China, was stumbling block & delayed the Kaloba/Nkongole Debt deal. It felt insulted by GRZ for sidelining it, while HH flew to western capitals & embassies in Lusaka. The US used Zambia as a pony for its foreign policy agenda. Now China has an upperhand to force Zambia to agree to all future bilateral agreements on their terms. Already China wants to open 2 brand new mines in Zambia in the race to be the global leader of Lithium Car Batteries something that the USA does not want. Minerals for these Batteries are in Africa & South America. China is basically ahead of all Western nations combined on Lithium Car Batteries as Elon Musk wants to set up the biggest battery manufacturer in China on top of Tesla Car plant in China.

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    • The president is a realist and pragmatist………

      He did not turn down any one or favoured any one……….

      The president is actually still looking at the most beneficial ties for zambia………

      All countries are well come to invest

      The days of one sided ties and deals against zambia are over

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    • Gunner in Zambia

      Liberate yourself by evicting me from your head. It’s always good to consolidate energy and then invest it wisely. Wasting time and bleeding-out-energy on negative perceptions is not good for you.

      Can you extract a *word, *phrase or *sentence from my posts above which states that – I am telling everyone that, I can a better job than HH? Why is it that you guys find it extremely hard to realise that HH cannot be perfect or be correct all the time?

  2. Now this is what you call productive visit not that lazy one who used to transport drug dealers and prostitutes on the private jet and brought no tangible benefits to zambia

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    • Membe thought he owned China,giving all sorts of advice and directives about China.But the Chinese have their own interests that they see in dealing with HH.Meanwhile DejaFoool can still not deal with his dirty underpants

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    • @@ Tarino Orange

      YOU ARE A SICK LIAR WITHOUT A BACKBONE. YOU WERE AN ECONOMIST & LAWYER WHEN YOU BLOGGED AS @JAY JAY. BUT YOU GOT CAUGHT, YOU ARE NEITHER. WHEN YOU POST INSULTS, YOU ALWAYS DENY THAT ITS NOT YOU BUT AN IMPOSTER. BUT WE KNOW ITS YOU. I HAVE DOCUMENTED AND RE-POSTED SOME OF THE COMMENTS YOU MADE ABOUT HH FOR NOT GOING TO CHINA EARLY, AS OUR BIGGEST CREDITOR WHERE YOU CODEMNED HIM. NOW YOU THIS THE RIGHT TIME.

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    • @1 # # Tarino Orange 
      May 5, 2023 At 8:57 am

      “” Instead of flying to Beijing he is going to Europe to waste time surely when has France ever done anything without giving Africans the short end of the deal. What is there to attend in London…kissing up to the racist British monarchy! “”

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    • @2 ## Tarino Orange 
      December 16, 2022 At 10:05 am

      What’s funny is that you would think the West are the ones we or PF have the biggest debt with …you are happy to fly to Washington to drink coffee with old Joe but have never visited China you send juniors there!!

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    • 3@ ## Tarino Orange 
      April 13, 2022 At 11:48 am

      Spaka – Yes China owns Zambia please stop daydreaming…you owe them too much money building strategy infrastructure that is technically theirs…so they own you.

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    • @ MuZambian

      You must be a very think mind. How can Mmembe think of owning china? Did you really think you have posted a worthwhile comment. Just how low and shallow can a person go down on these blogs. If that is the case, then Zambia has long wayo develop, looking at the calibre of jokes lie you.

  3. While the G20 meet………

    Xi has accorded mudoro, president of the country with the largest oil deposits……

    A state visit, and president HH……..

    It is an hounor to be accorded the same importance as a country with the largest oil deposits in the world……..

    Unlike others who were rushing to que to shake Xi’s hand like house boys……..

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    • People who are fond of using vulgarity against fellow bloggers are people who are still mentally in the first grade at primary school. Put your points forward and if someone doesn’t agree with you respect their opinion. It just portrays a bad picture of the side that you belong to. You can learn even from the fiercest critics of your party.

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  4. When a dog hears a noise at the gate it rushes there barking fiercely…. when it finds it’s a lion at the gate it comes back running whining with its tail between legs.
    These are realities of life. We can fly in our dreams but in real life we can hardly make a leap.

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  5. Mmembe ,Kalaba , Kambwili, Kateka and other briefcase opposition leaders must be feeling embarrassed. They lied to the Zambians that HH needed to visit China first in order negotiate the debt deal.
    Sadly for them , the debt restructuring deal was clinched without HH travelling to China.
    LEVELS

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    • What debt has HH negotiated apart from just delaying the reality? HH should be taxing the mines and servicing the debt. Not giving freebies to white people and going to beg.

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  6. Choose your friends wisely. When two nations are fighting it does not mean that their enemies become your enemies. I hope this man will realise that in this world, you need to look after number 1 and that’s your country first before anything else. Zambia comes first before any president or chief. He needs to go to Zimbabwe next to sort out his mess there.

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  7. Ka Mindolo.From your grammar, I can tell you also need some further education.DejaFooool has downloaded all my contributions on this blog from 2012 and has compiled his own text book based on my ideas.DejaFooool was a chief insultant before we came to teach it a lesson in civility and good manners
    Maybe you want to join also

  8. The fact that it was not the Chinese President who welcomed them at the Airport… nothing tangible will come out …from China. Praise singers continue singing..Some of us will just be looking.

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